On Thursday (5th March), Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has announced his decision to step down from the captaincy role after the conclusion of the ongoing home ODI series against Zimbabwe. However, the 36-year-old still wants to serve his country as a senior player and wants to guide the team to secure their future success.
In the ongoing three-match ODI series, the hosts Bangladesh have already secured this series by winning both the first two matches under the leadership of Mortaza and one game is yet to be played on this Friday (6th March).
However, even before the ongoing ODI series, the that Mortaza would step down from the captaincy role after this series.
Mashrafe Mortaza: The successful Bangladesh captain in international cricket
Mashrafe Mortaza is the most successful captain in the Bangladesh national cricket team history. While he has led the national team in 87 ODIs and 28 T20Is, his team won 49 ODIs and 10 T20Is and all of these are the records in Bangladesh cricket history. Mortaza led the T20I side from 2014 to 2017 while he has led the ODI team from 2010 to 2020.
Moreover, he also led the Bangladesh team in one Test in 2009 against the hosts West Indies at Kingstown where Bangladesh won by 95 runs.
Under his captaincy, Bangladesh reached the quarter-final of , which was also their first-ever experience in World Cup knockout stages. Mortaza-led Bangladesh team also reached the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Just ahead of the , Mortaza became the first Bangladesh captain to win the multination tournament in international cricket. It was the ODI tri-series in Ireland (Ireland, West Indies and Bangladesh), where the Asian side won it after beating West Indies in the final by five wickets (DLS method).
Under his captaincy, Bangladesh fought hard in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but finished in the eighth position in the points table.
Since that tournament, Mortaza, who is continuously battling with his fitness issues for a long time, is struggling with his bowling form as the right-arm pacer mostly failing to take wickets.
After making his international debut in 2001, Mortaza has played 36 Tests, 219 ODIs and 54 T20Is. Since April 2017, he only plays ODI for his country.